Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him; always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (TLB)
Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love.
Ephesians 4:2 (TLB)
Pam Hickerson lives in Texas. Walking down the sidewalk towards the old, two-story school building, she heard the happy voices of students in the courtyard. A new school year was beginning, with its many new experiences and opportunities for learning. Some of the students Pam would be teaching had not yet fully mastered the English language, and others had learning difficulties. Many challenges lay ahead.
As part of Pam's morning devotional, she had read what is called "The Love Chapter" - 1 Corinthians 13. A Sunday school teacher once explained verses 4-7 of chapter 13 by suggesting that in place of the words "love' and "it" we substitute the word "Jesus" and read through the verses again. Because we seek to be like Jesus and show his love, the Sunday school teacher then asked them to replace the words "love" and "it" with their name and read the verses through a third time. In doing so, each of us was reminded of the type of love that God shows us. That is the type of love that God wanted Pam to share with her students and everyone around her each day. It is the same kind of love that God wants us to share with those we meet each day.
Prayer: Loving God, help us to show love, patience, and kindness to everyone we meet, in Jesus' name, amen
(Note: picture before virus.)